Morus australis Poir.

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Morus australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland

Morus australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland

Morus australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue Greendale

Morus australis

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue Greendale

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Synonyms: Morus alba L.
Morus indica auctt. non L.
Common names: Common mulberry (English)
Frequency: Frequent escape in urban areas
Status: Introduced
Description:
Small deciduous tree with a rounded crown and often drooping branches. Leaves light green, somewhat glossy with distinct venation; margin coarsely dentate, sometimes lobed. Flowers in small cylindical spikes. Fruit a cylindric cluster of small berry-like syncarps, from almost white to deep red, turning purple-black when ripe.
Notes: Widely cultivated for its edible fruit. It is known as a common naturalised escape particularly around Harare. It is not an agressive invader (yet) but is a declared invader in South Africa.
Derivation of specific name: alba: white
Habitat: Waste land and riverine fringes
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Native of China, naturalised elsewhere
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: spilosoma lineata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Sunday 2 April 2006
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 233. As Morus alba


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Morus australis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Morus australis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Morus australis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Morus australis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Morus australis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Morus australis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Morus australis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Morus australis
Ispot Southern Africa: Morus australis
JSTOR Plant Science: Morus australis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Morus australis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Morus australis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Morus australis
Tropicos: Morus australis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Morus australis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120120, retrieved 26 September 2017

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